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N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

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The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents.

The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show. The agency’s ambitions for this highly sensitive ability and the scale of its effort have not previously been disclosed.

The agency intercepts “millions of images per day” — including about 55,000 “facial recognition quality images” — which translate into “tremendous untapped potential,” according to 2011 documents obtained from the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. While once focused on written and oral communications, the N.S.A. now considers facial images, fingerprints and other identifiers just as important to its mission of tracking suspected terrorists and other intelligence targets, the documents show.




What Me Worry?


‘Para Noid’


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Homeless Man with his dog – Midtown NYC

Via: Humans of New York




I don’t really know, but I’m guessing a vet. 

Please leave a few bucks, so he can get a decent meal. Thanks


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Fox News Suffers Worst Ratings In Thirteen Years – And That’s Not Their Big Problem

Via: News Corpse


Fox News has fallen and it can’t get up.

Ratings for the month of May 2014, have just been published, and the numbers are devastating for Fox News. While still occupying the top slot among the cable news networks, Fox saw about a quarter of its audience dissolve across every demographic group and time period.

Every Fox program in primetime dropped by double-digits:

– Bill O’Reilly taking the deepest dive.

– Sean Hannity posted some of his lowest numbers ever in his new 10:00 pm time slot.

– Megyn Kelly’s new, and highly anticipated, primetime show failed to improve on the ratings performance of her predecessor.


An analysis of the audience composition for the three cable news networks shows that, of Fox’s total audience, a pitiful 20% are in the 25-54 age group favored by advertisers. It’s even worse for their primetime schedule where only 15% fall into that group. That compares to CNN with 30%/35% respectively, and MSNBC with 31%/28%. In other words, CNN and MSNBC draw 50% more total viewers in the younger demos, and they double Fox’s ratio in primetime.

This makes it all the more curious that Fox News is barreling forward with a strategy to viciously insult their biggest viewer bloc. Recently, Fox regular Karl Rove launched an attack on Hillary Clinton with vile inferences that she is “old and stale” or perhaps brain damaged. Expressing such open contempt and belittling of the capacity for older persons to be effective leaders is not a particularly sound way to ingratiate oneself with the senior citizens that make up the bulk of ones audience.




I’m sure Fox News is expecting a big rebound with the ‘benghazi-Benghazi-BENGHAZI’ hearings!

Simply, not happening!


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‘Photo of the Day’


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